GLASSBORO, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan lashed out at Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker in their final debate Wednesday, saying too much of the state’s income and sales tax money “gets poured into a big black hole” in Booker’s city and its residents may not be able to swim in its river because of all the shooting victims’ floating bodies.
Booker fired back that Lonegan, a former Bogota mayor, “ran his city into a ditch and had to ask for a bailout” and that his Senate campaign was based on insults, condemnations and shut-down politics.
The election, to fill the remaining year of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term, is Oct. 16. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Booker leading Lonegan 53 percent to 41 percent. Booker held a 25-point lead back in August.